Already collected £ for Cancer Research UK

We were founded in 2010 by Bernard Dolan & John Fogel, and made our first appearance at the Stamford Quarter in Altrincham. Since then we have not looked back, busking every weekend in town centres, supermarkets, local markets and any other gigs we can attend across Greater Manchester, raising on average £1,000 a weekend! Loose Change Buskers not only raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK each weekend, we also help to raise cancer awareness in Greater Manchester.

Award logosOur commitment to Cancer Research UK has won us numerous local and national accolades. In 2015 we won a Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope award for Fundraising in the Community and in 2016 we received the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups. Then in December 2016 we appeared on BBC North West after being awarded a coveted special Christmas Star Award.

Cancer touches many people, including Loose Change Buskers ourselves. We have sadly lost three of their members, Dave Shannon, Mike Moratos and Tommy Stott to the disease. These men were an inspiration to us and they will continue in our memory, rain or shine.

In December 2018 we reached the £500,000 mark !!!!!

If you want to know why we do it and feel that you might enjoy joining our dedicated group of people by playing an instrument, singing or shaking a bucket; or want to hire our band for your event please contact us here.


  • The band

    If you want to hire our band for your special event please contact us here.

  • Shake a bucket

    If you have some spare time and would like to help, come and shake a bucket.

  • The late Dave Shannon

    Sadly lost to cancer in 2013, a founding member of LCB, a true gent & a great inspiration to us all.

  • Tommy Stott

    John & Bernard doing their Flannagan & Allen sketch, featuring the late Tommy Stott.

  • Manchester Marathon

    Doing the Shadows 'Apache', supporting the runners. See some videos here.

  • In the city

    A flash busk , playing to the crowd outside the Shambles in Manchester city centre.

  • Never mind the weather

    A cold February day at Eden Square Urmston , scarves and gloves at the ready !

  • 'The boss' doing a bit

    Bernard keeping his hand in, taking the mike at West Didsbury Maker's market. See his video here.

  • Keeping time

    Michael making sure that the buskers keep a good rhythm.

  • Didsbury Guitar Trail

    Every year we attend this event to support a worthy cause.

  • Cheadle Makers Market

    Getting ready for a deckchair audience in Cheadle.

  • Altrincham

    Shoppers in Altrincham are always generous when they see us playing.

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